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Old tribal tensions in South Sudan - Former PACT director, Judy McCallum
We started this segment with what it sounded like at the euphoric celebrations on July 9th last year. The world's newest independent country--The Republic of South Sudan--raised its flag for the first time. Independence came after decades of violent civil war in Africa's largest country. The war in Sudan finally ended with something called the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, or CPA, in 2005.
The new country hasn't even celebrated it's first birthday yet, and there are terrible, but familiar sounds coming out of South Sudan...the cries of desperate people displaced by violence. Canadian journalist Jared Ferrie, now based in the capital Juba, travelled recently to Pibor County in South Sudan.
There, workers with the United Nations World Food Program were flying in food to distribute to a camp full of people who'd fled from their villages. We heard from Ismay James, in translation, at a food distribution centre in Pibor County, South Sudan.
The United Nations estimates up to 140,000 people have been displaced in the fighting. It's unknown how many have been killed. South Sudan remains desperately poor, and lacks basic infrastructure. So some of the injured have been taken to hospital in the capital city. The Juba Teaching Hospital is overwhelmed with casualties. Nyalat Kolitok is one of the patients we heard from.
The victims we've just heard from are members Merle people. They were attacked by the Nuer people, apparently in a conflict over cattle. The Merle have allegedly retaliated. For some insight into this conflict we were joined by Judy McCallum. She' a former country director in Sudan, for the the NGO called PACT which specializes in peace building. She's currently working on her PhD at York University about the Merle people. She joined us from Nairobi, Kenya.
Old tribal tensions in South Sudan - UN representative, Andrew Lewis
The situation in Jonglei state is just a part of what worries humanitarian workers. Lise Grande is the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for South Sudan. We heard from her.
It's in this difficult situation that the fledgling government of South Sudan must build a new country. Andrew Lewis is UN representative for a group called Independent Diplomat that advises the government of South Sudan. This morning he was in our New York Studio.
This half-hour was produced by The Current's Ellen Saenger.
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